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Undergraduate Admission 

Students must first be admitted to Portland State University and, at the appropriate time, to the specific degree program within one of the College schools. Undergraduate students also may need to apply to their majors:  

  • Music Admission including audition, is required immediately, at the time of declaring the major. To proceed to upper division standing in the major, Music majors must also pass the Upper Division Examination.
  • Architecture, Art + Design and Theater + Film request that students declare the major upon admission to the university in order to register for major-specific classes. 

Upper Division Standing

Students in Architecture, Graphic Design and BFA in Art Practice must apply to be admitted to upper division standing (90 or more credits) in the major, at the time of their last quarter as a lower division student.  
Deadlines for admission to upper division standing
  • Fall Deadline - April 15 for Music, Theatre & Film, and Arts Studies; April 17 for the BFA in Art, May 31 for BA/BS in Graphic Design; June 1 for Architecture
  • Winter Deadline - October 1 for Music
  • Spring Deadline - December 15 for Theatre & Film; December 1 for Music
  • Summer Deadline - January 15 for Music

Graduate Admission

Graduate students must apply to Portland State University and to the appropriate program, in separate applications.       

Graduate Teacher Education Program (GTEP) and the MEd

GTEP is a graduate program that is approved by the State of Oregon and meets licensure requirements to teach in Oregon K-12 public schools. Successful completion of the GTEP enables PSU to recommend teacher candidates for an initial teaching license for one or two authorization levels. Early Childhood and/or Elementary teacher candidates are endorsed in Multiple Subjects. Middle Level and/or High School teacher candidates prepare for subject matter endorsements in Art, Drama, Language arts, and Music.
Much of the GTEP coursework is part of the Program of Study for a Master of Education (MEd) degree. For details about the MEd requirements go to the MEd website.

Image: 2013 Studio MFA graduate work by Steve Brown